It's friday night, late, and I've been pouring over this video interview with Katie Davis. Kisses From Katie lays on the near-by coffee table.
I am learning these truths hard:
- my life is not about me, it's about Jesus
- God asks me to be faithful with what is in front of me each day, in the places and circles He opens to me
- God works amazing things when I say yes to the needs in front of me
- God loves all his children, all around the world, He does not want one to go without clothing, food and shelter. He is a father to the fatherless.
- as one who has been given much, I have a responsibility to share much
The video is 54 mins long, you may have to stop it every 10 mins to continue on with your day, you may have to wait until the kids are in bed, or the daily work is done, but somewhere, at some time, please watch it. You will not be the same.
Katie asserts, she is just a normal person who keeps saying yes to the needs God places in front of her. Her experiences in Jinja Uganda, the birth of Amazima Ministries, her insights into adoption and her heart for the people will make you chuckle (33:53 is one of my favourite lines...) and may bring a tear to your eye. Above all, Katie is real, sweet, and deeply in love with God. I think she is my hero.
(at the end of the video, David Platt jokes about 'Mormonizing' the mission trip types but they are speaking at a Baptist church... so I think it was a joke...)
Deep in my heart, I've been asking 'what can I do? what is in front of me today?'
Over the course of this week (and really - this month and year) God has been prodding my heart. I know a small piece of what it is like to lose everything, to see my town completely devastated. I know what it is like to walk into a polished shopping mall in old shorts and an old t-shirt which I slept in the night before, smelling like wildfire smoke, and wonder what people are thinking. But I don't know what it's like to not know where my next meal is coming from, to have no social security net, no support system, no parents. I have lost, but I still have so much. At times it has frustrated me and I've felt like fleeing the country screaming, repulsed at how we are lulled to sleep by the distraction of things. Unimportant, material, non-eternal things.
God is not interested in our pursuit of happiness-in-things. He desires our love, because he first loved us. He desires a relationship with us, and out of that relationship, a love for others and a passion to serve Him and share with those who are in need.
Those in need may be across the ocean, or right next door. Just say yes.
Tonight I pray for wide-open eyes and a willing heart. I'm praying for the courage and the wisdom to say yes. I'm praying that God would saturate us with his love, so we can pour into the needs around us. Is there anything I can pray for you? Drop a note and let me know :)
I'll close with a few verses which hit home for me this week,
excerpts from Romans 8:
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
and Romans 10:
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[g]